A steel sword with scabbard of Early Germanic origin was found in situ in the hypocaust of the villa in 1961. It seems that the sword had been placed under concealment in the hypocaust when part of the tiled floor had been moved. It is nevertheless believed to be the earliest of its type to have survived in Britain. It is unlikely that the Feltwell sword was made in England. Archaeologists suppose it was of Roman origin and manufactured in one of the arms factories across the late empire. This sword has a hexagonal hilt typical of 5th century blades with guard and pommel belonging to the Germanic Type-1, with tinned brass scabbard fittings of late 4th century Roman style. As a whole, this sword is appropriate for late 4th-mid 5th century AD Roman reenactment.
AH2009 Feltwell Spatha